Cyclist gunned down in Hamburg in broad daylight

Police are hunting a man who shot and killed a cyclist in the Bergedorf neighbourhood of Hamburg on Sunday afternoon.

Cyclist gunned down in Hamburg in broad daylight
Police forensics officers at the scene of the shooting. Photo: DPA

The cyclist, a man around 30 years old, was brought to hospital after the shooting, which took place at 4.20 pm, but died of his wounds shortly afterwards.

He had sustained a bullet wound in the head as well as several in his chest, the Hamburger Abendblatt reports.

The victim’s identity had still not been clarified on Monday morning.

Police also say they have no leads as to the identity of the gunman.

Witnesses have described him as being between 20 and 25 years old and wearing shorts, a white T-Shirt and a dark baseball cap.

A 34-year-old driver was also directly next to the scene of the shooting as it took place.

After she had stopped at a bridge to let an oncoming car through, she looked out her left-hand window and saw a man holding a pistol.

“I saw him aiming in our direction,” she said.

She immediately accelerated but by that time he had already fired his weapon..

After driving 300 meters she noticed that her rear tyre on the lefthand side was flat. It had been punctured by a gunshot.

The woman and her 6-year-old son did not sustain injuries in the incident.

“We are a bit shocked,” she said.

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Germany arrests seven suspected members of IS fundraising network

German prosecutors said Wednesday they had arrested seven people accused of collecting money to send to the Islamic State group in Syria.

Germany arrests seven suspected members of IS fundraising network

The four Germans, a German-Moroccan dual national, one Kosovar and a Turkish citizen, were accused of belonging “to an international network that supported the terrorist activities of the Islamic State in Syria through financial donations”, the federal prosecutor’s office said.

Starting in 2020, the group used the Telegram messaging service to appeal for contributions, prosecutors said.

Their network included financial intermediaries who “collected money or set up accounts” for the donations.

From these accounts the money was transferred to IS members in Syria or to designated middlemen.

The funds were used to support IS members detained in northern Syrian camps and in some cases helped finance their escape, prosecutors said.

In total, 65,000 were collected through the network.

The seven suspects were said to have acted as financial intermediaries and played a “central role” in the fundraising group, prosecutors said.

The arrests were part of a nationwide swoop against people who had made donations to IS via the group.

Over 1,000 police officers searched over 90 properties across Germany on Wednesday.

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